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  • August 24, 2010
  • 05:01 PM

Coordination and the Haken-Kelso-Bunz Model

by Andrew Wilson in Notes from Two Scientific Psychologists

The first attempt to model coordinated rhythmic movement was the Haken-Kelso-Bunz (HKB) model. This model embodies a particular approach to modelling complex systems that has become common in perception/action research... Read more »

  • August 24, 2010
  • 04:20 PM

Neuroscience of Murder and Aggression: Epidemiology

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

This is the second in a five part series on the neuroscience of murder and aggression.  This post will address some key issues in the epidemiology of murder and antisocial personality disorder.  The number of murders in the U.S. has been stable at between 16,000 and 17,000 per year over the 2000 to 2008 time period..  The number peaked at around 24,700 in 1991.  The number has decreased since the early 1990s despite a steadily increasing total U.S. population.The reason for t........ Read more »

Lenzenweger MF, Lane MC, Loranger AW, & Kessler RC. (2007) DSM-IV personality disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Biological psychiatry, 62(6), 553-64. PMID: 17217923  

  • August 24, 2010
  • 03:33 PM

Every patient is an experiment

by PalMD in White Coat Underground

Mrs. Charbin’s blood pressure just kept going up.  She felt fine—no chest pain, no shortness of breath, no headaches—but the numbers put her at risk.  At 55, her risk of developing heart disease at some point in her life is high, and is made even higher by her hypertension.  For each 20 mm Hg rise [...]... Read more »

  • August 24, 2010
  • 12:36 PM

Harvard Confirms Scientific Micsonduct by Marc Hauser

by Greg Laden in Greg Laden's Blog

I am sad to report that it is indeed confirmed by official sources that primatologist Marc Hauser engaged in several instances of what is being termed misconduct while carrying out experiments in his lab.

Dean Michael Smith issued the following letter to members of the Harvard community today: Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post...... Read more »

  • August 24, 2010
  • 11:54 AM

Differentiating Skill and Luck in Financial Markets with Streaks

by Samuel Arbesman in

Speaking of luck, we just released a paper onto SSRN about luck and skill entitled Differentiating Skill and Luck in Financial Markets with Streaks. This paper, which I worked on with Andrew Mauboussin (a brilliant high school student who worked in our lab this summer), examines the relationship between skill and luck using mutual fund [...]... Read more »

Andrew Mauboussin, & Samuel Arbesman. (2010) Differentiating Skill and Luck in Financial Markets with Streaks. SSRN: info:/

  • August 24, 2010
  • 10:36 AM

Bunches and Antibunches of Atoms: Hanbury Brown and Twiss Effects in Ultracold Atoms

by Chad Orzel in Uncertain Principles

Two papers in one post this time out. One of these was brought to my attention by Joerg Heber, the other I was reminded of when checking some information for last week's mathematical post on photons. They fit extremely well together though, and both relate to the photon correlation stuff I was talking about last week.

OK, what's the deal with these? These are two papers, one recent Optics Express paper from a week or so ago, the other a Nature article from a few years back. The Nature paper inc........ Read more »

Jeltes, T., McNamara, J., Hogervorst, W., Vassen, W., Krachmalnicoff, V., Schellekens, M., Perrin, A., Chang, H., Boiron, D., Aspect, A.... (2007) Comparison of the Hanbury Brown–Twiss effect for bosons and fermions. Nature, 445(7126), 402-405. DOI: 10.1038/nature05513  

Manning, A., Hodgman, S., Dall, R., Johnsson, M., & Truscott, A. (2010) The Hanbury Brown-Twiss effect in a pulsed atom laser. Optics Express, 18(18), 18712. DOI: 10.1364/OE.18.018712  

  • August 24, 2010
  • 10:00 AM

Pre-Teaching Interventions to Maximize Learning

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

What should trainers and instructors do before starting their courses that will maximize learning for students?... Read more »

  • August 24, 2010
  • 09:49 AM

Going Nuclear: Closing the Gap Between Radiation and Reason

by Matthew C. Nisbet in Age of Engagement

In a series of posts over at Scientific American's blog CrossCheck, John Horgan describes how several recent articles and books have prompted him to re-evaluate his views on nuclear energy. He specifically recommends Gynweth Craven's Power to Save the World, discusses John Mueller's Atomic Obsession, and describes how Wade Allison's Between Radiation and Reason has challenged his views about the risks of radiation exposure. Horgan's seminal End of Science partly inspired my research focus in gra........ Read more »

  • August 24, 2010
  • 09:13 AM

Coping Strategies for Men Sexually Abused as Children

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

O'Leary and Gould (2010) tell us that in an area woefully short of research evidence, what they found in their study was that the adult male survivors of child sexual abuse can learn to cope well with that abuse history. Here, active, practical support from trusted others plays an essential role.... Read more »

  • August 24, 2010
  • 09:05 AM

Are mutualists monogamists, while antagonists play the field?

by Jeremy Yoder in Denim and Tweed

Two of the most diverse groups of living things on Earth are flowering plants and the insects that make their living from flowering plants. Biologists have long thought that the almost incessant, intimate interactions between plants and plant-eating insects might be the evolutionary cause of each group's spectacular diversity. On a smaller scale, this means that we're interested in the reasons that specific insects and plants interact in the first place—what evolutionary trails leads one insec........ Read more »

  • August 24, 2010
  • 09:03 AM

Flying Blind

by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

What you can’t see can kill you. Researchers investigating why some birds are especially prone to hitting power lines have discovered that they literally can’t see where they are flying. That means typical anti-collision efforts, such as hanging warning markers on transmission lines, won’t help fowl that fly blind.
The world’s 65 million kilometers of […] Read More »... Read more »

  • August 24, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Will Surgery Cut Diabetes Costs?

by Arya M. Sharma in Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes

For patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery is by far the most effective treatment - it is, indeed, the only form of treatment that can put patients into full long-term remission.
But is surgery really a cost-effective option for health systems looking to contain the immense economic and health burden of diabetes?
A paper [...]... Read more »

Makary MA, Clarke JM, Shore AD, Magnuson TH, Richards T, Bass EB, Dominici F, Weiner JP, Wu AW, & Segal JB. (2010) Medication utilization and annual health care costs in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus before and after bariatric surgery. Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960), 145(8), 726-31. PMID: 20713923  

  • August 24, 2010
  • 07:35 AM

Perceptual Warping of Colour

by Sean Roberts in The Adventures of Auck

There is evidence that categorisations can influence perception, which has been identified as a crucial argument for Relativism. In this post, the idea of perceptual warping is explained and applied to colour categorisation.... Read more »

DEBOER, B. (2000) Self-organization in vowel systems. Journal of Phonetics, 28(4), 441-465. DOI: 10.1006/jpho.2000.0125  

Goldstone, R. (1994) Influences of categorization on perceptual discrimination. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 123(2), 178-200. DOI: 10.1037//0096-3445.123.2.178  

Miyawaki, K., Strange, W., Verbrugge, R. R., Liberman, A. M., Jenkins, J. J., & Fujimura, O. (1975) An effect of linguistic experience: The discrimination of (r) and (l) by native speakers of Japanese and English . Perception and Psychophysics, 331-340. info:/

  • August 24, 2010
  • 06:33 AM

Engaged research

by Janelle Ward in Janelle's research blog

This is my first blog post for Research Blogging, a thriving community of academics that blog about academic research. This post focuses on a number of articles recently published in the International Journal of Communication (IJoC), which report on the … Continue reading →... Read more »

Hintz, A., & Milan, S. (2010) Social Science is Police Science: Researching Grass-Roots Activism. International Journal of Communication, 837-844. info:/

  • August 24, 2010
  • 06:29 AM

Fancy going on a wild plankton chase?

by Vivienne in Outdoor Science

Fancy going on a wild plankton chase around Antarctica this Christmas? In November 2002, a team of scientists did exactly that. They went on a nine-week expedition around the Southern Ocean – the ocean surrounding Antarctica – looking for a lush marine oasis awash with marine life and previously overlooked by science. Among their trials and tribulations, Dr Walter Geibert [...]... Read more »

Geibert, W., Assmy, P., Bakker, D., Hanfland, C., Hoppema, M., Pichevin, L., Schröder, M., Schwarz, J., Stimac, I., Usbeck, R.... (2010) High productivity in an ice melting hot spot at the eastern boundary of the Weddell Gyre. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 24(3). DOI: 10.1029/2009GB003657  

  • August 24, 2010
  • 06:14 AM

Adenoviruses and the occupied sign

by iayork in Mystery Rays from Outer Space

“Adenovirus” (by Mapposity) There are two aspects about virology that constantly amaze me: How much we know about viruses, and how little we know about viruses. Adenovirus research offers examples of both. Adenoviruses are probably among the best-studied virus groups.1 We really do know an amazing amount about them. But it was only last year [...]... Read more »

Zhang, Y., Huang, W., Ornelles, D., & Gooding, L. (2010) Modeling Adenovirus Latency in Human Lymphocyte Cell Lines. Journal of Virology, 84(17), 8799-8810. DOI: 10.1128/JVI.00562-10  

  • August 24, 2010
  • 06:09 AM

Coiling bacterial DNA

by Grant Jacobs in Code for life

A chain of proteins hold bacterial DNA in a compacted spiral.

You and I are eukaryotes. Our cells have nuclei, repositories that contain our DNA and the proteins that read them to produce an RNA copy of them.

In earlier articles, I’ve mentioned in passing how the enormous length of DNA in our cells is fitted into [...]... Read more »

Arold, S., Leonard, P., Parkinson, G., & Ladbury, J. (2010) H-NS forms a superhelical protein scaffold for DNA condensation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1006966107  

Dame, R., Luijsterburg, M., Krin, E., Bertin, P., Wagner, R., & Wuite, G. (2005) DNA Bridging: a Property Shared among H-NS-Like Proteins. Journal of Bacteriology, 187(5), 1845-1848. DOI: 10.1128/JB.187.5.1845-1848.2005  

Thanbichler, M., Wang, S., & Shapiro, L. (2005) The bacterial nucleoid: A highly organized and dynamic structure. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, 96(3), 506-521. DOI: 10.1002/jcb.20519  

  • August 24, 2010
  • 05:30 AM

Risk factors for early truancy

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Truancy in late elementary and early secondary education: The influence of social bonds and self-control—the TRAILS study From International Journal of Behavioral Development It is recognized that if children start truancy at an early age, the likelihood of their involvement in other deviant behavior increases highly. This study reveals that risk factors for truancy include [...]... Read more »

  • August 24, 2010
  • 05:00 AM

Evolution of Colour Terms: 8 Embodied Relationships

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

In a series of  posts, I’ve been discussing constraints on the evolution of colour terms.  In the last post, I discussed Perceptual Warping.  Here, a further adjustment to the assumptions about perceptual space is suggested.
The assumption that all perceptual spaces are the same may be unrealistic and may favour Universalism (see Levinson, 2000).  To begin with, . . . → Read More: Evolution of Colour Terms: 8 Embodied Relationships... Read more »

Levinson, S. (2000) Yeli Dnye and the Theory of Basic Color Terms. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 10(1), 3-55. DOI: 10.1525/jlin.2000.10.1.3  

Bornstein, M., Kessen, W., & Weiskopf, S. (1976) Color vision and hue categorization in young human infants. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 2(1), 115-129. DOI: 10.1037/0096-1523.2.1.115  

Roberson, D., Davidoff, J., Davies, I., & Shapiro, L. (2004) The Development of Color Categories in Two Languages: A Longitudinal Study. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 133(4), 554-571. DOI: 10.1037/0096-3445.133.4.554  

  • August 24, 2010
  • 03:00 AM

Synthetic ‘cradle’ boosts hope of stem cell therapies

by Wellcome Trust in Wellcome Trust Blog

Stem cells – with their famed ability to change into any type of cell – hold tremendous promise for medicine, but growing them is a challenging task. “For therapeutics, you need millions and millions of cells,” says Dr Krishanu Saha from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. “If we can make it easier for the cells [...]... Read more »

Mei, Y., Saha, K., Bogatyrev, S., Yang, J., Hook, A., Kalcioglu, Z., Cho, S., Mitalipova, M., Pyzocha, N., Rojas, F.... (2010) Combinatorial development of biomaterials for clonal growth of human pluripotent stem cells. Nature Materials, 768-778. DOI: 10.1038/nmat2812  

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